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Andrew Giuliani. Photo: Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, received no support from state Republicans for his bid to be the next governor of New York during a secret straw poll held Monday.

Driving the news: Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) got about 85% of the vote, and around 10% chose to abstain, New York Republicans said. The results bode well for Zeldin's chances of becoming the Republican nominee to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming election.

  • New York Republican Party chair Nick Langworthy called Zeldin the “presumed gubernatorial nominee” following the vote, suggesting that GOP wants to avoid an intra-party fight during the primaries to make its selection.
  • Former Westchester County executive Rob Astorino received 5% of the vote.

What he's saying: "I think this is too early," Giuliani told Politico. "I think if you just look at the numbers, I think you'll see that we perform better in blue states whenever there's a primary."

  • Giuliani said he believes he has more crossover support than Zeldin.
  • He later tweeted the results of a survey conducted by his own campaign which put him ahead of Zeldin, saying he was "Proud to be the FAVORITE of The 2.9 Million Registered New York Republicans."

Catch up quick: Giuliani announced his bid for governor in May, calling himself "a politician out of the womb. It’s in my DNA."

Go deeper: Andrew Giuliani announces run for New York governor

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Pelosi's back-to-school math problem

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may need votes from an unlikely source — the Republican Party — if she hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by next Monday, as she's promised Democratic centrists.

Why it matters: With at least 20 progressives threatening to vote against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill, centrist members are banking on more than 10 Republicans to approve the bill.

Kinzinger blasts GOP colleagues' silence after Gonzalez announces retirement

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) speaks to members of the media on Aug. 23. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

"The time is now to speak up," Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) implored his Republican colleagues in a video message posted Saturday, a day after fellow GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez announced his retirement.

Why it matters: Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans, including Kinzinger, who voted for impeachment. He said he had decided not to seek re-election against a Trump-backed primary challenger in 2022.

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Pfizer begins clinical trial for Omicron-specific COVID vaccine

A health worker in Palestine preparing a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine on Jan. 24. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Pfizer and BioNTech announced Tuesday that they have started clinical trials for a reformulated vaccine to protect against the Omicron coronavirus variant.

Why it matters: The rise of the Omicron variant has forced vaccine makers to reassess the effectiveness of their vaccines.